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(October 20, 2014)
Unfortunately, Friday night seemed like a re-run of previous games, only the self-destruction game was in the third quarter and not the first. I have done a very poor job of preparing our team on how to take care of the football and how "not to beat yourself" so in the second half you can have a chance to win the game. I have been taught all my coaching life that you first avoid losing, and then you are in a position to win the game in the third and fourth quarter. I have not done that. The start of the third quarter pretty much sums up the game.
We kickoff to them with the score 14-7 them. They go 69 yards in 16 plays for a touchdown. They kickoff, we fumble the kick; they recover, and score three plays later. They kickoff to us. First offensive play we fumble, they recover and the defense does a great job in holding them. Three plays later we snap the punt over the punter's head and they recover at the four yard line. They score the next play on the second play of the fourth quarter. Third Quarter we run three plays. They score 21 points. I have never experienced a quarter like that.
Offensively, we remain very inconsistent and can break a long run or two, but cannot sustain drives, execute and score while taking time off the clock. We had four offensive turnovers, three fumbles and a tipped ball that led to an interception. We had a turnover on a kickoff return. It is up to us as coaches to get the offense corrected. We have three games left. It takes two wins to get in the playoffs. At this point, that is our goal. We have Hall here this Friday, and then go to Pine Bluff, then end up at Texarkana. Two wins is certainly not asking for the impossible. Obviously they won't be easy. We play error-free football and we can do it. Continue to turn it over and we will not. It is really about that simple. Teddy Hughes graded out highest among our linemen and Brockton Brown continues to excel at Fullback gaining 102 yards on 16 carries.
Defensively, with the exception of the first drive of the second half, we continue to play well. Except for the Benton game, we have been very good at not giving up the big play. Maleek Caton (Our Farm Bureau Player of the Game) played very well, especially considering this is his second or third week back from a bad foot injury before the season started. He had 12 total tackles and four tackles for losses. We have missed him. Logan Loftis had 11 total tackles and one for a loss. Clayton Palmer had six tackles in the secondary.
As long as our players continue to practice hard and not give up, which they have not up to this point, we have a chance to finish the year on a nigh note. This is what we will strive on this week.
The Seventh Grade plays two games at Jacksonville tonight starting at 5:15. On Thursday night, the 8th and 9th grade plays Jacksonville here at home starting at 5:15 and 7. Then we play Hall here at 7:00 on Friday. Thank you for your support.
Head Football CoachSheridan High School